France 2022-Sarkozy assists Macron and adheres to his cross-party training project-April 12, 2022 12:40

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Paris, April 12 (Reuters)-Twelve days before the second round of the presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy escaped from silence on Tuesday, announcing his support for Emmanuel Macron, and Valerie Pécrès’s historic April 10. defeat.

Former head of state, who has never given public support to Republican candidates and has strongly criticized his campaign privately, explained in a message broadcast on social networks that he would vote for Emmanuel Macron on April 24. doing. Experience in the face of a more complex and serious international crisis than ever before. ”

Nicolas Sarkozy also favorably responds to the call initiated by the retiring president on Sunday night, seeking the foundation for a “great movement of unity and action.”

“Republican rights values ​​and loyalty to our government’s culture need to guide us to respond to Emmanuel Macron’s rally call,” he writes.

For Nicolas Sarkozy, the President-elect is “in the current situation, the only person in a position to act. The interests of France must be our only guide. We choose clarity and consistency. There is no mistake. ”

“A new era is upon us. It requires significant change. We must break out of partisan habits and reflexes,” he emphasizes in a tacit speech to Republicans.

He also believes that Emmanuel Macron’s economic project “puts job promotion at the center of all his priorities.”

Nicolas Sarkozy’s position was expected. The media repeated behind-the-scenes negotiations between Republican rights leaders and the majority, creating the terms of an agreement between La Repubblic en Marche and LR for the June parliamentary elections.

According to some media, the former president recently had lunch with Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Mer (former LR) in Bercy to discuss the hypothesis that about 60 Republicans will meet in the future majority. ..

Dividing line

Deputy LR Guillaume Larivet sketched the path of this coalition in March, believing that “there was a strong convergence between the project presented by LR and Emmanuel Macron’s presidential project.”

On the verge of financial crisis-Valérie Pécrès (4.78%) did not reach the 5% required to repay the cost of the campaign-the need for deep updates, or the vast formation that Emmanuel Macron demands. I was torn by the need for a link. Republicans adopted the official position of the second round on Monday.

The Politburo said in a statement that it could not vote for Marine Le Pen, but officially demanded a vote for Emmanuel Macron, who accused him of “collecting votes for despair.” I didn’t.

“Republicans are not substitutable for either macronism or repenism. There is another way, that is the Republican right that must exist on its own,” we can read.

On Tuesday, some LR officials left Nicolas Sarkozy’s complaint.

“I will not respond to this call to draw a line from the expanded LR camp. (…) This may be the moment when Republican rights separate from Nicolas Sarkozy, and I have endless respect for it. “Tell me,” Party Vice President Jill Pratlet told Le Monde.

Vaucluse Julien Aubert’s LR Vice-President, who announced that he would cast a blank vote on April 24, lamented Twitter’s drop.

“We were waiting before the first round for you to come and help your politician. You’re talking now. It’s too late like Grouchy in Waterloo,” he writes. rice field.

Bruno Retailleau, president of the Senate’s LR Group, emphasized in a tweet that Nicolas Sarkozy’s position is “personal.” “We do not rebuild our rights by diluting ourselves with macronism,” he said.

Gilbert Collard, a former member of the National Union that brought together Eric Zemmour, estimated on Twitter that “the latest betrayal of Nicolas Sarkozy will put an end to LR fiction, now Macrony’s only rebel.” ..

“Rights have a single leader, Eric Zemmour and a single party, reconquest!” He adds.

(Written by Myriam Rivet and Sophie Louet and edited by Bertrand Boucey)